Herman Cain: An Impressive Resume

Herman Cain is running for president. He’s not a career politician (in fact he has never held political office). He’s known as a pizza guy, but there’s a lot more to him. He’s also a computer guy, a banker guy, and a rocket scientist guy.

Here’s his bio:

- Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics.
- Master’s degree in Computer Science.
- Mathematician for the Navy, where he worked on missile ballistics.
- Computer systems analyst for Coca-Cola.
- VP of Corporate Data Systems and Services for Pillsbury (this is the top of the ladder in the computer world, being in charge of information systems for a major corporation).

All achieved before reaching the age of 35. Since he reached the top of the information systems world, he changed careers!

- Business Manager. Took charge of Pillsbury’s 400 Burger King restaurants in the Philadelphia area, which were the company’s poorest performers in the country. Spent the first nine months learning the business from the ground up, cooking hamburger and yes, cleaning toilets. After three years he had turned them into the company’s best performers.

- Godfather’s Pizza CEO. Was asked by Pillsbury to take charge of their Godfather’s Pizza chain (which was on the verge of bankruptcy). He made it profitable in 14 months.

In 1988 he led a buyout of the Godfather’s Pizza chain from Pillsbury. He was now the owner of a restaurant chain. Again he reached the top of the ladder of another industry.

He was also chairman of the National Restaurant Association during this time. This is a group that interacts with government on behalf of the restaurant industry, and it gave him political experience from the non-politician side.

Having reached the top of a second industry, he changed careers again!

- Adviser to the Federal Reserve System. Herman Cain went to work for the Federal Reserve Banking System advising them on how monetary policy changes would affect American businesses.

- Chairman of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank. He worked his way up to the chairmanship of a regional Federal Reserve bank. This is only one step below the chairmanship of the entire Federal Reserve System (the top banking position in the country). This position allowed him to see how monetary policy is made from the inside, and understand the political forces that impact the monetary system.

After reaching the top of the banking industry, he changed careers for a fourth time!

Writer and public speaker. He then started to write and speak on leadership. His books include Speak as a Leader, CEO of Self, Leadership is Common Sense, and They Think You’re Stupid.

- Radio Host. Around 2007—after a remarkable 40 year career—he started hosting a radio show on WSB in Atlanta (the largest talk radio station in the country).

He did all this starting from rock bottom (his father was a chauffeur and his mother was a maid). When you add up his accomplishments in his life—including reaching the top of three unrelated industries: information systems, business management, and banking—Herman Cain may have the most impressive resume of anyone who has run for the presidency in the last half century.


  1. Virginia's political figures, including Mayor Dave Norris, appear on the locally-produced Charlottesville politics interview program Politics Matters with host Jan Madeleine Paynter: http://bit.ly/polmatters. The interview can be found in the Program Library. The current program features Bob Gibson, Executive Director of the UVA Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, discussing journalism and the media.

  2. It is impressive! Thanks for posting. I'll vote for him if Romney loses the nomination. Otherwise, still going with the guy with private sector AND public sector experience. It's the only thing that makes sense to me when electing a president who can work in this volatile political climate.

    Like Gov. Romney, I have a lot of respect for Herman Cain. I wish he hadn't brought up Mormonism as if it were a negative, but I'll forgive him that if he never does it again. Religious prejudice is never cool.

  3. I'm not trying to diminish Mr. Cain with this question. Has he tried for political offices in the past?

  4. Yes all of Congress in fact in 75 years has not had a Resume for president like this one,,,yep Dec 15 2011 and I am voting for the best for the USA the one that the people did not fight the media for, and so They either wake up or let them enjoy the BAMA!!!

  5. MY vote and my family are voting for the best fort Amerca<<<100 years a President has not had a reume lke this read and think! the bozos running,, and you will get a gut feeling , even the accusations not proof no lie detector lets let him take America back they the DC estanlisment and the DC GOP, think we are stupid WE THE PEOPE CAN DO THIS<< REVOULTION OF THE VOTE<<<

  6. It's really informative blog post. I love it..Thanks for sharing it dear.
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